Don’t Make These Mistakes When Planning a Custom Built Home

October 23, 2017

Deciding to go with a custom built home comes with its own set of unique challenges. While you’ll have a great deal of freedom during the process, there’s also more to think about, and ultimately, more to forget. Be sure you’re prepared for the process by considering the following, which are often forgotten and can make the custom home process more difficult.  

Going in Without a Plan

We don’t know why anyone would consider going into a custom built home project without a plan, but it’s happened time and time again. Even though you might not have all of the answers when you start (or even in the middle of your project), you need at least some type of overarching idea for your home builders to work off of. You’ll never get the home you’ve dreamed of if you aren’t able to articulate what it is that you are imagining. Before embarking on a custom built home journey, be sure you create a general plan and acknowledge the work it will take from you as well as your builder. 

Unsure About the Location of Your Rooms

Do you prefer bedrooms to be on the main floor or upper level? What about the laundry room? Perhaps none of this pertains to you because you prefer a single-story home. Whatever the case may be, it’s important to consider how you will move throughout your home and what will make this easiest for you and your family’s lifestyle. Individuals have different preferences when it comes to a home’s layout and it’s important to think about how you’d like your space to flow.

Forgetting to Take Light Into Consideration

When building a home, don’t forget about incorporating natural light throughout your rooms with ample window placement and other design elements. You wouldn’t want to move into your new home only to realize that it’s terribly dark. No one wants to live in a house that’s poorly lit, plus natural light has a number of benefits; it can make you happier and healthier, save you money on energy costs, and improve the look of your home’s interior. Be sure to think about how many windows a room will have, and open up spaces so light can more easily reach them. 

Neglecting to Include Pet-Friendly Elements 

In some cases, your home won’t be just for humans. If you have pets that are a part of the family, you may decide to include some design elements that will be beneficial to both you and them. If you have cats, consider where a litter box (or boxes) will go. With dogs, think about incorporating a place where they can easily be bathed. Additionally, they’ll need space to run around so be sure to include this too. For any animal, create a space where they can be fed that’s out of the way of other things. Thinking about these small details can really improve your home. 

Heritage Custom Homes  

Are you interested in a custom built home? Be sure to consider the above and then reach out to us to learn more about our floor plans, home building process, and more. Give us a call at 615-379-7226 to get started.